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Publications vs. Producers: What's the big deal?
Publishers and book producers alike receive entries from writers and performers, put these skills together to make a saleable item, work with lenders and promote their titles and do business at book shows.... so what's the big of it? To be clear, when I say book producer, I am NOT referring to a printer or publishing house that produces what you say for a charge.
You' re producing a book, but that doesn't make you a book producer. The book producer is a book producer who produces and distributes book and other novelties for the book industry - just like a publishers. The book producer produces a book or book line according to an already purchased concept.
Not an editor. By this I mean that a book producer first makes a trade-off with a large purchaser - someone who is responsible for the new products in a store network - and goes to work, on the basis of the successful outcome of this trade-off, to create the products that have already largely been on sale.
For each store, the purchaser has arranged a certain amount and the book producer attracts all the necessary talents to prepare it for this customer. Book producers often use a creative staff to bring just one book to book markets. Publishers use an artisan for a book and a book designers for the front and back covers.
Once a book is illuminated in yellow, its book manufacture must progress quickly, and since the book is often a first... it means that it is full of pictures. Sometimes a book publishing house has a larger advertising budgets for a book than a book producer. The book producer is more about selling an concept and will set up a sales budgeting on the basis of the sales agreement he has signed.
In order to get an impression of what I mean, the best example of a very succesful book producing line is Dragon Lore: This is the complete Book of Dragons. They are book collections with elaborate works of art and sophisticated designs put together by a creative talent group. Although both are present at major book shows and both work to do business with other booksellers, the way editors and manufacturers do it is different.
Books publishing houses have bigger booths with their latest books. Usually the manufacturers are personally on site to do more business and also to build up new working relations. You don't really need a big booth because your product is exhibited by your dealers. If you go to big book shows, you will see first and foremost book publishing houses, booksellers and small independant printing machines that can do it.
If you are submitting a script to a publishing house, you are submitting a specific proposal that you would like to be published. If you are submitting your work to a producer, apply yourself and your skills and hopefully he will consider you for a prospective work. If you are submitting your work of art (no manuscripts, only sample portfolios) to a publishing house or producer, it is with the expectation that they will engage you for a prospective work.
If you are employed, your work with a producer often means working with a group of other performers and creators as well as a product management. When you work with a publishing house, you only work with the author and perhaps also with the author.
When you choose to publish your own book, you act as a promoter - even if you engage or work with an artiste. This is not a piece of work, this is a release. When you choose to make a book, it means you already have a sales contract and you have the cash to make your book a success.